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Overboard (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  16 December 1987 (USA)
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A cruel but beautiful heiress screws over a hired carpenter, who later is the first one to find her when she gets amnesia. Looking for a little revenge he convinces her that she's his wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna / Annie
Billy Pratt (as Michael Hagerty)
Jeffrey Wiseman ...
Brian Price ...
Jamie Wild ...
Frank Campanella ...
Captain Karl
Harvey Miller ...
Dr. Norman Korman (as Harvey Alan Miller)
Frank Buxton ...
Elk Cove: Wilbur Budd
Carol Williard ...
Elk Cove: Rose Budd
Doris Hess ...


Rich bitch Joanna hires country carpenter Dean to build a closet on her yacht. When the two don't see eye-to-eye, Dean is left unpaid while Joanna sets sail. The following day, Joanna is fished out of the sea, after falling overboard, suffering from amnesia. Dean sees a neat way to regain the money she owes him... he tells her she's his wife; that way Dean gets a free housekeeper and mother for his four kids. Written by Rob Hartill

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

16 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombre nuevo, vida nueva  »

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$26,713,187 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of Joanna (Goldie Hawn)'s luxury yacht in the movie was the "SS Immaculata". The boat was portrayed by the vessel "Attessa" and was also used for the film Indecent Proposal (1993). DVD sleeve notes have said "the 130th Stayton yacht, bedecked in crystal chandeliers and velvet cheetah upholstery, was docked in Fort Bragg's Noyo Harbor". The vessel had a Kong & Halvorsen hull from 1984, was called "Yecats" at the time Overboard (1987) was filmed, was renamed "Huntress" at some time, had a small helipad on the aft deck, and was later lengthened to 142 feet. The Kong & Halvorsen '130' 'Yecats' yacht was later destroyed in a fire but the crew and passengers all survived. See more »


In the scene where Joey is reading from the comic book to Annie and presents her with a macaroni necklace, the shadow of a crew member is cast over them. It can't be the shadow of one of the other boys because they are all seated and are too far away to produce such a prominent shadow. See more »


Edith Mintz: [from her NYC penthouse] ... Joanna, why do you care what some carpenter from Elk Snout thinks of you?
Joanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt: I'm surely just premenstrual.
Edith Mintz: Then you must go right back to bed for at least two days...
[to her maid, who's been feeding Edith's small dog]
Edith Mintz: ...Inga! You don't shove the food down Shitake's throat. You place it on her tongue. Don't they have dogs in Sweden?
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Annie Don't Fall (2015) See more »


Performed by The U.S. Coast Guard Band
Conducted by LCDR Lewis J. Buckley
Written by Francis S. Van Boskerck (uncredited)
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A guilty pleasure.
4 August 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Being a guy must make the fact that I like this film so much a guilty pleasure because it really is a chick-flick with capital C. I usually do not like to rate romantic comedies very high unless they have a different story and Overboard certainly has a different and (I think) original story. If you can get past the fact that the male lead is deceiving a woman with amnesia then you're going to love this movie. The acting is very, very good. I don't usually like Kurt Russel but I think he is near perfect in this role. Goldie Hawn is excellent and I must say that she was quite good looking in her younger days. I never really laughed out loud during the movie but I sat through the whole movie with and involuntary smile on my face because of the cute dialog and the slow change in the characters. The other cast members are also quite good. I found Edward Herrmannto be the most interesting character in the movie but he wasn't used enough. The emotions portrayed by the characters seem genuine which is a nice change from many other romantic comedies *cough* Pretty Woman *cough* and the on-screen chemistry between Russel and Hawn was undeniable.

All in all a very recommendable and highly enjoyable movie.


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